I finished this bracelet, which is based on a pattern from the February 2010 issue of Bead & Button magazine. I used size 8° seed beads for most of it, and then large jelly bean drops for the accents. If you look closely there are also orange sherbet colored 11° seeds as a picot edge.
The edge picot shows up better when you look at the back. It’s a basic herringbone stitch done length-wise instead of width-wise. So, you decide on the length of the bracelet first, then work upwards along the long edge. This is a different method of execution than most pieces.
I had thought to use solid yellow beads, but when I put them together, I realized they were not the same shade. I used them anyway, and think they give the piece a subtle flair. (That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!)
This shot comes closest to the true color of the jelly bean fringe, but it’s still not quite right. To describe them in beading terms: they’re transparent neon orange with an AB finish. You could sew them on a hunting vest and be seen for miles!